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Sadly, the most likely answer is “yes.” Because of the high numbers of cats and the low numbers of adopters, approximately 85% and higher of the cats surrendered to our shelter are put to sleep. In the spring and summer months, several litters of kittens are surrendered per day, making even cute little kittens likely to be euthanized. In 2010, 2,073 cats were brought into our shelter and only 255 were adopted or rescued. A total of 1,818 cats were put to sleep. Cats that are already spayed / neutered and have current vaccinations may have a better chance of rescue or adoption. Unweaned kittens, pregnant cats, cats / kittens with URI or other health and temperament problems are generally not offered for adoption.
There is no guarantee. Through the help of rescue groups and the Internet, we have greatly reduced the euthanasia rate for dogs. Still, an average of 50% of the dogs that come in to the shelter are euthanized. In 2010, 991 dogs had to be put to sleep. In the spring and summer months, many litters are brought in simultaneously, putting even cute puppies at risk. When facing the high numbers, there are aren’t enough homes that can be found in such a rapid time. Get your dogs altered before they have pups. Dogs may have a better chance of being re-homed if they are already spayed / neutered, current on vaccines, and are heartworm negative.